Style: Ale (Rye)
I read an article about Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery a few months ago. It was about a coffee stout they had made with the cooperation of a Brooklyn coffee house. I really wanted to try it — but realized that they were a probably just a small local brewery. I was quite surprised to receive a tweet from the guys at Cold Spring Beverage a couple of weeks ago that announced that they were now carrying the full lineup of Sixpoint beers. If they were available in Pennsylvania — they had to be available in New Jersey as well. It didn’t take long to discover them at the Liquor Depot in Boonton.
Really love the packaging. A four-pack of 16 ounce cans in a small cardboard box. Simple but cool design — has a real old world feel. Check out their website (www.sixpoint.com) the same theme runs throughout. I really like their style. This one is a rye based ale. Rye lends a slightly bitter spice and some nuttiness. From the label – 6.3% ABV, 57 IBU and 19 SRM (standard reference method). I’m starting to see SRM on beer labels – simply put the higher the number the darker the beer. A pilsner might have an SRM of 3, while a stout would be around 35. So this one is about half way, so I’d expect this to be dark in color. Let me note one more thing — the other vitals resemble the Harpoon rye IPA I had yesterday.
The pour is a dark chestnut, small tan head that vanishes fairly quickly. The nose is definitely rye — like opening up a bag of rye bread. The initial taste is bready, but bread flavor you’d get from yeast, not necessarily from grains. A couple of sips in and that flavor somewhat subsides to reveal the spice quality rye – kind of nutty, kind of peppery. Not much of a hop character even though the can says that this beer is dry-hopped with fresh hops (To me, that’s wet hopped). It is refreshing — but a bit one dimensional. I’ll put this one slightly ahead of the Harpoon Rye I had last night…84 points.